Employment Law Solicitors and Fathers’ Rights

I found this article relating to Employment Law which I thought may be of interest. So here it is for you

The media recently gave a lot of publicity to the fact that Prime Minister David Cameron took his full entitlement of two weeks’ paternity leave following the birth in August of his daughter. However when it comes to the general public, employment law solicitors are concerned that paternity leave regulations are relatively complex and that this could result in some new fathers failing to take their entitlement. Therefore, employment law solicitors will be watching the Coalition government with interest, looking for any changes to paternity leave law.

At present, new fathers with sufficient service at the company for which they work are able to take two weeks of paternity leave with statutory paternity pay at either £124.88 per week, or 90% of their average weekly salary, whichever is the lower. But, as employment law solicitors point out, on rates of pay as low as this, not all men can afford to take time off. Indeed, a survey commissioned in 2009 found that 45% of fathers didn’t take any or all of the leave that they were entitled, although 88% said they would have liked to. Say employment law solicitors, this shows that the present rate of statutory paternity pay might just not be high enough.

When the previous government was in power, it proposed the introduction of Additional Paternity Leave, or APL for short, which would allow new fathers to take the second half of their partner’s maternity leave. Employment law solicitors agree that a plan like this would make access to paternal leave easier. However, many trade organistaions believe that it would have been too bureaucratic, with both parents being obliged to provide employers with written declarations. The Coalition still hasn’t decided whether or not to continue with plans to implement these regulations.

All the same, parents, employers and employment law solicitors alike appear to agree that a new, simple and fair set of rules should be introduced. According to the Coalition it is committed to providing flexible parenting from the early stages of pregnancy. This could mean that fathers are given time off to attend antenatal appointments, as the Lib Dems proposed.

Whatever happens regarding the law and new fathers’ rights at work, it seems certian that some changes are necessary to make sure that the system is fair and workable. For now though, it looks as though employment law solicitors and the public at large will have to wait to find out their paternity leave fate.

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